We'll periodically publish "excerpts" from Chiara Lubich's archive
  offering the possibility to be in contact with this extraordinary woman even today.


"Abba, Father!"

Rocca di Papa, 9 March 1989

A summary of Christian prayer: penetrating the heart of God

Dearest all,
Jesus was praying. He was praying to His Father. For Him, the Father was "Abba" and that is "Daddy", His "Dad", to whom Jesus spoke with words of infinite trust and boundless love. He prayed to the Father from within the Trinity where He is the second divine person.
It was precisely because of this special prayer that He revealed to the world who He really was: the Son of God.


The 16 July 1949 Pact

Montet (Switzerland), 15 August 2001

The “pact” is fundamental in Chiara’s experience. Today as it happened then it could open wide the Kingdom of God among us (Cf. Lk 17:21)

We are in 1949 and I write: “Five years had passed since the birth of our Movement and we had already understood and made our own several cornerstones of its spirituality, like God Love, the will of God, seeing Jesus in our brother or sister, the new commandment, Jesus forsaken, Jesus in the midst, and unity (...)



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The Path to Freedom

Marino Ice Arena, 12 June 1992

We feel that you are truly free. Something each of us would like to be.
What is freedom for you? How can we possess and experience it in today’s world where there are many dangers, many occasions to become attached to things, to people, to ourselves, to our pride and to our desire to do nothing?

Not only I, but all those who belong to the Movement are truly free.
Freedom is usually defined as the choice between good and evil. But I prefer another definition. Freedom is going closer and closer towards good. The closer we go towards good, the freer we are.


Truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask ...

Rome, 25 august 1981

Commentary of the Word of Life1:

Truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. (Mt. 18:19-20).

This, it seems to me, is one of the things Jesus said that most fill our hearts with joy. How many needs in life, how many good desires we don’t know how to satisfy!
Possibly you feel sure that only divine intervention, a grace from heaven, can gain what your whole being longs for. And now you hear words of amazing clarity and absolute certainty coming from Jesus’ lips:


Chiara answers the children’s question: What is the Pope like?

Castel Gandolfo, 18 June 1988

Chiara’s catechism to children on Peter’s primacy of love and of his successors. She draws from the Holy Scriptures and her personal experience.

"What is the Pope like? Does he have love inside?”.

Since I have seen the Pope many times, … she asks me, "What is the Pope like?" Look, the Pope is a special person, just think of all the languages that he knows   he speaks almost all the languages, he is very strong, he travels around the world without getting too tired. And then he knows many things, he has studied a lot.
But the most beautiful thing about the Pope is that he has a heart that is able to love more than anyone else, more than anyone else, more than all the other people in the world. Do you know why?